San Francisco Debates Naming Navy Ship After Harvey Milk

The city of San Diego had no problem recently naming a street after legendary San Francisco Supervisor and gay activist Harvey Milk. But debate is getting a bit more vigorous when it comes to San Francisco naming a Navy ship after the gay hero.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Supervisor Christina Olague says that Milk, though he served as a Navy officer in the Korean War, was a pacifist who was “against the Vietnam War and war in general.”

Olague wants to get a national holiday named for him, which seems a bit of a more difficult proposition but is definitely doable, seeing as fellow assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored with one in 1986.

Scott Wiener, another Supervisor, argued that the ship naming was fitting in the wake of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal: “I cannot think of a more fitting way to honor that repeal than to name a ship after an LGBT civil rights icon who was also a Navy vet.”

The proposal passed committee in a 2-1 vote, and heads to a full vote before the City board next week.

I think we can honor Harvey’s memory with the U.S.S. Milk and push for a national holiday at the same time, don’t you?

Photo via Daniel Nicoletta